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    February 20, 2007
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Extended daylight savings may affect computers, PDAs

For the first time in 20 years, Daylight Saving Time will be extended by four weeks. Congress recently passed this energy-savings measure, which is designed to take advantage of early evening daylight, in hopes of translating sunlight into savings.

DST will now begin the second Sunday in March (Mar. 11) and end the first Sunday in November (Nov. 7).

In addition to the standard practice of changing your clocks, it is important to recognize that this new time frame may affect many devices that process or manipulate dates and times. These devices include your computer and some software applications (especially calendar programs), as well as cell phones, PDAs, VCRs and fax machines.

Many computers and devices are set to automatically adjust to DST. If these settings are based on the old DST period, you will need to make adjustments for the new extended DST. These adjustments are particularly critical for calendars and scheduling functions or any resources that use a time or date stamp. To get ready for the extended DST, keep in mind the following recommendations from Computer Services:

1. Apply software patches as they are released. To make things easier, turn on automatic Windows Update so you will be notified when new patches are ready. Also, be aware that there may be patches for PDA devices. For example, Blackberry will supply a universal patch through their web site within the coming weeks.

2. Pay close attention to your time/date sensitive resources. Calendar programs in particular will need special attention since they may be greatly affected by the extended DST.

3. Take extra measures when scheduling calendar events, particularly if you are using Microsoft Outlook. Some of the patches released to accommodate the extended DST may cause confusion and result in meeting times being listed incorrectly in your calendar.

Computer Services will continue to test and evaluate the impact that the extended DST will have on university resources, and will share information through e-mail and also through a special Daylight Saving Time web site at www.temple.edu/cs/dst.

The web site features updates on popular resources used at the university, such as Microsoft Windows and Outlook.

For further information about DST, contact the Help Desk at 215-204-8000 or help@temple.edu.